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Catalytic converter systems or sometimes called catalytic convertors convert hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides into harmless compounds. Check out any of our direct fit catalytic converter brands including Eastern, Bosal, Catco and DEC catalytic converters. Don't pay an arm and a leg for a direct-fit catalytic converter when you can get them for wholesale! Our NEW UPDATED online catalog is jam packed with catalytic converters just waiting for you order. No matter what kind of exhaust catalytic converter you're looking for, we're sure we have one to fit your needs. No one can offer you a bigger selection or lower prices on the net! Check us out and find out why we're the best! Top brands including Eastern, Magnaflow, Pacesetter, Bosal, DEC and Catco. TECH TIP: Make sure you always replace your oxygen sensor or sometimes called lambda sensor when replacing your catalytic convertor. Doing so will Increase your vehicles fuel efficiency by attaining the proper mix of fuel and oxygen, it will also help your new catalytic convertor last longer! You may also want to check out the condition of your EGR valve (if you have one), PCV valve and air filter. WE MATCH OR BEAT ANY ONLINE STORE!
Selecting the Perfect Catalytic Converter for Your Car
Emission gases are naturally harmful not only to the environment but more importantly, human health. Because of that, vehicles are equipped with various emission components that are designed to lessen the toxicity of exhaust gases. One very popular and important exhaust system component is the catalytic converter.
Though catalytic converters use expensive materials in order to function and be effective, the catalytic converters themselves are pretty cheap components considering how much they do in lessening the toxicity of exhaust gases.
The catalytic converter's function
If your car still doesn't have a catalytic converter, then it's about time that you a new one right away. With a catalytic converter, harmful emission gases are converted to "less toxic" gases. To be more specific, a catalytic converter can do three things to your vehicle: breakdown nitrogen oxide to nitrogen and oxygen, carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons to water and carbon dioxide.
This happens because cats have enzymes or "catalysts" that break down the harmful elements of the emission gases a lot quicker. Catalysts are enzymes that hasten a chemical reaction and that's the reason why cats are pretty effective with what they do.
Meanwhile, most catalytic converters these days use a metal catalyst such as platinum, rhodium, or palladium; and they're coated in a ceramic structure that gets exposed to a stream of exhaust gas all the time. Once exhaust gases passes through the ceramic structure, that's when the catalytic converters begin to do their jobs.
With everything that a catalytic converter can do, it's not surprising that many people would love to install it to their respective vehicles. Here are some tips that you can follow when looking for a new or replacement catalytic converter.
Selecting the right catalytic converter
Choosing a catalytic converter depends on your car's performance. If you're currently driving a high-performance car, then a performance catalytic converter is what you should choose. In case you're driving a regular car on the other hand, a regular catalytic converter would do.
Meanwhile, there are three brands that most people approve of when it comes to cats: Magnaflow, Pacesetter, and Easter Catalytic. The prices of the cats that these brands offer vary depending on the type of vehicle where they're going to be installed. Then again, Magnaflow, Pacesetter, and Easter Catalytic are recognized names that people have trusted for a long time.
When choosing a catalytic converter, make sure that it's a direct-fit component so you won't have any trouble installing it. Also, the three biggest brands in the catalytic converter business offer purchase warranties that you might want to consider.
The ABCs of Catalytic Converter Installation
Because catalytic converters are important components when it comes to reducing the toxicity of emission gases, it's important that you get a replacement as quickly as possible when they're already damaged.
Now in case you've already bought a new one, you don't really need to call a mechanic because you can install it on your own. Here are the tips that you can follow and tools that you can use when installing a brand-new catalytic converter.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Car Jacks
- Jack Stands
- Penetrating Lubricant
- Socket wrench
- Break bar
- Several two-inch bolts
Step 1: Using car jacks, lift your vehicle off the ground so you can have a good look at the damaged catalytic converter.
Step 2: Place a couple of jack stands under the heavy frames to further stabilize the vehicle.
Step 3: Use a penetrating lubricant to the bolts and then loosen them with either a socket wrench or a break bar. Since more exhaust system components are prone to rusting, you better use as much penetrating lubricant as possible to minimize the effort in removing the bolts.
Step 4: If there's a heat shield, you better remove it so you won't have any trouble detaching the old catalytic converter.
Step 5: Remove the old catalytic converter.
Step 6: Install the new catalytic converter. When doing this, it's possible that you might encounter some problems so it's better that you get help from another person.
Step 7: If it's still not yet damaged, you can now reinstall the heat shield that you have just removed.